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Boys Town Pediatrics Teaches Kids How to Prevent the Spread of Viruses

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Angela Roeber
Marketing & Communications
Boys Town National Research Hospital

Boys Town Pediatrics Teaches Kids How to Prevent the Spread of Viruses

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been spreading across the country, nearly surrounding the state of Nebraska.

"It’s coming," said Micah Ryan, M.D., pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics, of the current viral strand of EV-D68. "This particular strain of enterovirus, this D68, is one that is making people quite sick. We’re seeing the breathing issues – lots of wheezing, lots of strong coughs. It’s getting kids sick enough where they’re getting admitted, not only to the hospital, but even to the intensive care unit."

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, Dr. Ryan visited Small Miracles Child Care in Omaha, Neb., to teach kids the importance of proper hygiene and how they can prevent the spread of germs and stay well this influenza season.

Footage of Dr. Ryan’s visit is available for media use. Click here to link to our Dropbox.
B-roll includes sound and video on:

  • Proper hand washing with preschoolers singing the alphabet
  • A black light to visually show germs on hands
  • Information on viruses, including influenza and EV-D68
  • Signs, symptoms and treatments for viruses

"By taking preventive measures and teaching children proper hand washing and coughing techniques, we hope to decrease the spread of germs and keep kids healthy this cold and flu season," said Dr. Ryan.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Micah Ryan, M.D. or other Boys Town Pediatricians, please contact Angela Roeber at or 531-355-6662.


Boys Town Pediatrics is keeping kids healthy with extended evening and weekend appointments and scheduled same day sick appointments seven days a week. Our Board Certified pediatric specialists offer diagnosis and treatment services for life-altering disorders, chronic conditions and serious injuries. To learn more about our specialized care for kids and meet the physicians of Boys Town Pediatrics, visit Boys Town Pediatrics, together caring for kids.